The Extraordinary Jubilee Year dedicated to Mercy will begin on December 8, 2015, fifty years after the Second Vatican Council Santo, and will end on November 20, 2016. Over 25 million pilgrims are expected to arrive in the City of Rome, according to the city administration. There will be organized trips and tourists opting for last minute low-cost options. How can this immense flow of pilgrims be managed? What will the consequences be on the city’s transportation system, on its public toilets and restaurants? What about other sectors? How can this experience be improved for everyone through apps and mobile services? The challenge is based on the identification of critical points, the analysis of the context and the development of a solution.
There are nearly two billion young men and women on our planet and their potential is enormous. They make up nearly one third of the world population and nearly 90% live in developing countries. In the meantime, the global urban population has grown larger than the rural one. Today, about 3.5 billion people live in urban areas. When the world population reaches level 8 billion around 2030, there will be 5 billion people living in urban areas. And our cities are anything but virtuous … Identifying the fundamental critical points, analysing the context and developing solutions are an integral part of this challenge that will give priority to youth as a development engine for the future.
Young dropouts, young men and women who stop studying and don’t work, few graduates, low adult education levels … Many European countries have still not satisfied the strategic objectives necessary to drive sustainable economic growth, expand the job market and increase social cohesion that were formulated in the Lisbon Strategy and reaffirmed as part of Europe 2020. Is it possible to develop transversal strategies to accelerate the realisation of these objectives? And how do we transform them into common tools? Identifying the fundamental critical points, analysing the context and developing solutions are an integral part of this challenge.
Rome is increasingly a singles’ city and living alone is always potentially dangerous in case of need. In fact, 22% of the people who live alone in Rome have some kind of problem. Singles include 67,000 individuals with a low income, 36,000 individuals who are not self-sufficient, 15,000 long-term unemployed individuals, 10,400 NEETs – young men and women who neither study nor work – and 8500 individuals aged 50 or more who are still looking for a job. All of these individuals urgently need to be “recognised.” They must be identified and become part of a community. How can we transform Rome into a Community City, a city for everyone from the suburbs to the city centre? Identifying the fundamental critical points, analysing the context and developing solutions are an integral part of this challenge.